Antonio Maurice Craig (aka "CUP") sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for dealing crack cocaine

Antonio Maurice Craig, also known as “Cup,” 27, of Charlotte, was
sentenced in federal court on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, to 20
years imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute “crack” cocaine in
and around the Charlotte area from March 2005 to April 2006. The
case against Craig was investigated jointly by the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Police Department working with the Charlotte Safe
Streets Task Force. The Safe Streets Task Force is a specialized
gang investigation team led by the FBI.

The case against Antonio Maurice Craig was brought by FBI’s Safe
Streets Task Force, working closely with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Police Department. The specialized gang task force in the Western
District of North Carolina is comprised of agents and officers of ATF,
FBI, ICE, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Gastonia Police
Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, and North
Carolina Probation and Parole. These partner agencies in the
Charlotte metropolitan area conduct joint strategic and priority
targeting of violent street gang membership such as Antonio
Maurice Craig. By operating in a task force made up of federal and
local officers and prosecutors working closely together on gang
issues, a great continuity and coordination of investigations and
prosecutions results, strategically eradicating illegal gang activity.

According to testimony at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing for Antonia
Maurice Craig
, he held a leadership role in a local gang known as
“West Trade Bloods.” Tried before a federal jury in March 2007,
Craig was found guilty of two counts in a three-count bill of
indictment. According to trial testimony, Craig operated a “crack
house” on Rachel Street in Charlotte for approximately a year
beginning in March 2005. Witnesses testified at trial that when police
served search warrants at Craig’s residence there were several
minor children in his house, along with a large quantity of cocaine
and marijuana.

Antonio Maurice Craig was sentenced by the Honorable Frank D.
Whitney.

Source: United States Department Of Justice

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